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Posted on: Wed, 06/05/2002 - 7:09am
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oops! Very, long eyelashes for all the kids.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/06/2002 - 12:02am
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Wow, this is so interesting. I am a market researcher at one of the world's largest research firms. I design studies, write surveys, conduct fieldings, analyze data, etc., so I am always very intrigued by this kind of information.
After reading The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, I realized that there has been only one or two very small studies (too small for conclusive results) conducted to determine commonalities among PA individuals, and I was both surprised and outraged that more money is not being spent on looking into the genetic factors of this allergy. As someone who deals with survey data every day on a myriad of subjects, I would love to investigate what could be done to get the medical or allergic community to fund a large-scale study among peanut allergic individuals.
I think that asking a large group of households with a current or former PA member such questions as: age of onset, other allergies (own and within family), severity of allergy/CAP RAST results, number of reactions, symptoms of reactions, ethnic and other demographic questions would be very beneficial to both PA families AND *potential PA families (boy, I would have *loved to have known to avoid giving my daughter peanuts until the age of 5, as my allergist recommends to people who have a high likelihood of getting the allergy...but how would I have ever known that she was in that high risk category if no research has been done to help to identify which children should be considered high risk?).
Even looking at regional data could be interesting because my allergist says that the rise of PA could be something environmental.
If PA is 1-3% of the population, then we would have 5,000-15,000 households with a PA individual within my own company's consumer panel of 500,000...certainly a large enough sample size for some serious research! But, of course, it would come with a cost.
Anyway, I'll get off my research soapbox for now. Perhaps I'll speak to Dr. Michael Young, my daughter's allergist, about this too.
ANYWAY...here is the info on my daughter...
She is 2 and has fair skin, long eyelashes, and green-blue-brown eyes. I am fairly "petite" (5'4", smallish frame). She takes after her father, who has a German-English background rather than me, who has an Eastern European background.

Posted on: Sun, 06/09/2002 - 11:40pm
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Very interesting discussion...
I am from Irish ancestry and the children's father's ancestry is scottish. I have blonde hair and am of light complexion and small-frame (5'2').
My oldest son has PA and is blond, blue-eyed and full of allergies. My other son took after his father in coloring and has dark hair and has a darker complexion and no allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 1:40am
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Bumping Up.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 2:07am
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This is so interesting....Logan is my first born...he has blonde hair , blue eyes and fair skin...like his mommy. I am petite 5'2 110 lbs. We also had no food allergies in our family....but his dad had asthma as a child (he outgrew it). This is a very interesting thread.
Lisa

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 3:32am
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Funny this was bumped up. I was just pondering if there were a prevalence within any particular ethnic groups of peanut allergy or the other food allergies for that matter.
My 3yo Pa, egg allergic dd is of mostly Irish heritage, freckling more and more each passing day(ought to be covered by the end of this summer)! Some French Canadian(I am half FC and half of Irish descent).
Funny on the long lashes. She's got nice long lashes.
Might be a bit tough coming to any conclusions here, because people with other similarities might be ending up here.
I would love to know the similarities and demographics. becca

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 4:35am
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I just thought I'd throw in our statistics too. I am very fair, reddish hair and freckles, 5'2". My husband is also very fair, although he has dark hair. Our 5-year-old DS has red hair, freckles and blue eyes. Our DD has blondish hair, blue eyes and extremely fair skin. My husband's ancestry isn't known, but my side is Irish, English and German (for the most part). This is an interesting thread!
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Sally

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 5:32am
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Hi I saw this thread it sounded interesting my pa son Matthew is Blond haired blue eyed with long eylashes. I'm a brunette with brown eyes but am 5'5 104 lbs My ancestory is irish, german, scottish and Swiss. My husband is Italien with brown hair blue eyes.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 5:52am
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Definitely neat thread!
I have two PA children from two different Dads. My son, age 7, is PA/asthmatic/autistic. Allergies run in both families, but never PA. I am in no way a 'petite' mom. I am 5'9" and 135lbs. My son's fathers family are all in the 6' plus range. Our heritages combined include Irish, Cherokee Indian, English, German, and Scottish. My son is over 1/4 Cherokee, although he is blue eyed, very tall for his age, and has light brown hair.
My daughter is of Irish, Scottish and Cherokee decent. Her father's family is the Scotts, and they are all fairly petite, fair skinned and there are a few red heads on their side, but she is blonde and blue eyed.
She has no other known allergies, and no one in his side of the family has ever been allergy prone.
My old next door neighbor had a son my son's age (they were best friends) who was also highly asthmatic, and also had some kind of similar autistic spectrum (undiagnosed) disorder. He was an African American. I was, and am still, convinced that he had numerous food allergies, possibly PA, but the mother had not been able to take him in for allergy testing while she was still my neighbor and whether or not she has done it, I do not know. But I miss that kid terribly, and so does my son.
~Melanie

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 6:46am
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I missed the eyelashes thing, Logan is always getting comments on his extremely long beautiful lashes....I need to re-read the posts because I missed that part.

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